Work has now completed on two mammoth projects on behalf of KP Snacks Ltd.. Commencing in January 2011, Houlton set about the task of replacing a large section of roof at the huge KP Snacks site in Billingham, Teesside, whilst crisp production continued apace from the factory floor.
The scheme began with the construction of a temporary protective structure which incredibly comprised over 2km of scaffold tube! This was a huge task but obviously an essential one. The protective structure consisted of supporting towers to allow purpose made beams to span over the production lines, which was integral to the success of the project as it allowed us to carry out the works safely, with no disruption to the factory environment beneath.
Once internal preparatory works were complete, work commenced with the removal of the old roof. This was followed by the introduction of a structural liner and weather proofing to ensure the area beneath was kept dry and clean while the installation of the new roof progressed. In addition we also installed a brand new lighting scheme consisting of a series of robust, multi-purpose and corrosion resistant luminaires specifically designed for use in food factories and industrial processing areas that are capable of being controlled remotely, while each lamp has a five year life span.
The new roof offers much greater thermal efficiency compared to that of the old roof and provides a bright and serviceable soffit that is easy to clean and relatively maintenance free. As well as the new roof structure, beam encasements, lighting, an updated sprinkler system and structural elements, the factory now also benefits from ‘very large’ extract fans and supply air fans. These will improve and continually maintain a comfortable working environment by introducing fresh air from the low level supply air fans with any stale air within the factory being expelled through the high level extract fans.